September 17, 2007
just-drinks.com editor's weekly highlights
US Drinks Conference 2007 Tues 16 Oct 2007, London.
As the colours outside start to fade here in the UK, the colour was most definitely back on the just-drinks site last week, with some juicy news nuggets and some intriguing shards of whimsy on the feature front.
On the news pages, PepsiCo and Unilever announced that they were extending the footprint of their Lipton tea joint venture, highlighting the growing demand for healthy soft drinks. And speaking of drinks partnerships, speculation mounted last week that SABMiller may be looking to swallow Magners' producer C&C Group. Naturally, neither company expanded on the talk, but we have our beady eye on it.
Elsewhere, the ongoing saga that is Cadbury Schweppes’ US drinks business rolled on, with talk that a bid for the unit had been rejected. Again, the company wouldn’t be drawn, but again, we’re on the case.
Turning to features, we ran a piece on the back of a very interesting interview I conducted last month with the head of Cooley Distillery, John Teeling. A frank and forthright set of views on the state of play for the Irish whiskey market around the world, and definitely worth a gander.
Finally, we turned the spotlight on to the purported link between certain colourings used in soft drinks and hyperactivity in children. Whilst not a new field, there’s no denying that consumer awareness of such issues is at an all-time high right now.
And it ain’t going to go away.
Until next time...
Olly Wehring, Managing Editor
The debate over the link between the colourings used in soft drinks and hyperactivity in children has raged for many years but a new study by researchers at the University of Southampton may well have taken the debate to a new level. Ben Cooper assesses the impact the new findings may have for soft drinks producers.
This month's briefing discusses the Doha development round. Trade officials and diplomats of the 150 World Trade Organisation (WTO) member countries are scheduled to return to the organisation's Geneva headquarters this September to discuss ways in which their governments can cut their food and drink tariffs and production subsidies. The report looks at the latest 'modalities' proposals and what member governments think about the proposals, as well as the political prospects for success in the Doha round.
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